For the play I'm rehearsing, I'm required to have a British dialect. (Woo hoo!) The actor playing my sister suggested Daphne from the sitcom Frasier as a good example of a middle-class British dialect. She and I decided to both work on "Daphne dialects" so that we have the same model and actually sound like sisters.
So yesterday as I cooked and folded clothes I had running in the background several episodes of Frasier. And it was fun! I remembered what a great show Frasier was--smart humor that somehow avoided being pretentious despite the pretentiousness of two of its main characters.
It got me to thinking about some of my other favorite sitcoms of years past. As a kid I loved reruns of The Brady Bunch and was a diehard fan of Full House and Family Matters. Thankfully my taste ran to less-cheesy shows as well, like the awesome Cosby Show. As I got older, I loved Mad About You. I watched Seinfeld (mostly in syndication). Friends was at the top of my "must-watch" list, though I missed the first couple of seasons of its long run. (Thank goodness for reruns!) The Engineer and I both liked the first few seasons of Scrubs and really enjoyed the ill-fated Arrested Development. Currently, the only sitcom I care much about is The Office (American version).
So, what are your favorite sitcoms of years past? Do you watch any sitcoms these days?